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One of the most impressive features of the Packers' 2010 Super Bowl title was the fact that they did it without two-time 1,000 yard rusher Ryan Grant and, instead, with a relative unknown in James Starks.
This time around, things won't be quite so easy. The NFL is a copycat league. Opposing coordinators have been working for the past eight months on new ways to stop the Packers' five-wide and spread offensive sets. Some of the Packers' tricks may still work, but it's a good bet that quite a few have been figured out.
The key for this season is Grant (and to a lesser degree, Starks). If the Packers continue to spread teams wide but now have the option to run draws, screens and reverses through Grant, opposing defenses will be forced to play honestly. That should open up Driver, Jennings, Jones and Finley for QB Aaron Rodgers.
Grant's return is key for another reason: he can grind out tough yards. The Packer defense, as dominant as it was during parts of 2010, did occasionally show signs of wear and tear. With a solid running game headlined by the duo of Grant and Starks, Green Bay should be able to keep their defense resting on the sideline. The less time the opposition has to work, the more intense the pressure from Dom Caper's defense can become. That can only mean good things for the Packers' repeat hopes.